There aren't many things in this life that I'm passionate about.
That may sound sad, but really it allows me to be more focused on the few things I really enjoy. Take cooking, for example. I knew at an early age that I loved cooking for people. When I was younger, I would pretend that I owned and operated a restaurant called 'Lori's Cottage House'. My parents would humor me and eat an oregano-saturated pasta dish I had prepared and then politely tip me for my services. It's a memory I hold very dear to this day.
These days, I'm striving to please a new household.
My husband is definitely a 'meat and potatoes' kind of guy, but he's a good sport when I want to try out new dishes that lack the protein he desperately craves. My daughters' tastes are still developing....my youngest could eat mashed banana and apple till she burst, while my oldest has an affinity for anything in popsicle form...broccoli pops, anyone?...
Today's recipe is one that I've been making my husband for years! I have a kind of love/hate relationship with cashews. I often feel as though they give me allergy symptoms, but I do like them! On the rare occasion I can stomach one, this recipe is one of the best ways to eat them!...
...these are lightly sweetened with a nice hit of heat!...
Once we start eating these, it's hard to stop (even if my belly is hurting)! The crunchy texture, the delicious taste...these are for my husband now, what Pringle's were for me as a kid.
Sweet and Spicy Cashews
- 1 ½ c. raw cashews
- 2 T. maple syrup
- ½ t. chili powder
- ⅛ t. allspice
- ¼ t. cumin
- 1/8-1/4 t. cayenne depending on how spicy you want them!
- ½ t. sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
- In a bowl, mix the maple syrup with the spices and the salt.
- Mix in the cashews (be sure to coat them as best as you can).
- Pour the mixture onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
- Bake them for 15-20 minutes (I let mine go to 20 because I like them a bit more golden).
- Cool for 5 minutes, and enjoy!
...served atop our late night protein 'ice cream', these make a healthy indulgence!...and they're high in magnesium, which aids sleep. 🙂
What are you most passionate about in your life (aside from family)?
Photography is becoming another passion for me...but it's still in relation to food. 🙂